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Archbishop Lefebvre Absolutely Against Accord with Modernist Rome

Archbishop Lefebvre

Ecône, December 29, 1986

“[…] Aiming for an agreement with the pope is an illusion. The pope may grant us in disciplinary and liturgical matters everything we want, but on the condition of acquiescing to his modernist ideas on religious liberty and ecumenism, ie [to the compromise of] our Catholic faith.

We cannot entertain any hope there. Rome is occupied by modernism and liberalism! When will Our Lord decide to stop this scandal? He is the boss! We will wait patiently and have confidence in Our Lord and in His Holy Mother who know this tragic situation better than we do … “

Ecône, January 10, 1989

“After my 15 day absent, I will try to answer your good letter, accompanied by many interesting documents.

But I must admit that it is Mons. Perl’s letter that has attracted my attention. He’s not flattering you in saying that your community is a “sister” of Chemeré! Do not bring it up again, I beg you, you will make doubts arise among your friends. The only reply to give them is to let them initiate the reform of the Council in order to remove it’s errors. It is only then that we can have confidence.

Whatever the canonical privileges they may give you, their acceptance means for them communion with the Holy See, with the pope and with the Council, and therefore an implicit acceptance of all the modernism that we fought against in the footsteps of St. Pius X and all pre-Council Popes.

They want to neutralize Tradition, so that it no longer forms an obstacle to their ecumenical dealings and to the revolution in the Church […]

We should have no point of contact with the one who is in charge of destroying Tradition. [Then] they don’t know what to do to divide us and they are surprised by such resistance. They do not seem to understand that it stems from the principle of a matter of faith. “

February 20, 1989

“[…] These Roman modernists are bandits, revolutionaries in sheep’s clothing. They have no supernatural spirit. It is on this that we must base our efforts: to relearn to live the faith of the apostles, the martyrs, the Fathers of the Church and St. Thomas Aquinas, who made use of all sciences for the benefit of the queen of sciences, i.e. theology that leads to Heaven by the grace of the Holy Ghost. The Summa is the great catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas and of the Church, even more so than [the Cathechism] of Trent. I try to explain this to our seminarians in order that they may nourish themselves with the best catechism that exists and that is taught to them. It is very important that in our seminaries we keep a safe line approved by the Church, that of St. Thomas, which should give us the pastoral principles to give our faithful true spirituality avoiding Jansenism and charismatism. Morality that is limited to the commandments is to be done away with. The morality of grace, of virtues, of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, not forgetting the commandments, that which St. Thomas preaches is more in keeping with the spirit of Our Lord, of the Gospel, and is even more necessary for fervent souls. It is the time to again make our Catholic faith enthusiastic, generous, missionary, as it was for the early Christians … “

Ecône, April 22, 1989

“[…] The consecrations have been the occasion to count the true traditionalists, refusing conciliar Rome. Unity has been built on this very point and division has been caused by the rallying to modernist Rome […] “.